Ortland, Eberhard: Copies of Famous Pictures in Tadao Andōʼs “Garden of Fine Art” in Kyōto, in Forberg, Corinna und Stockhammer, Philipp W. (Hrsg.): The Transformative Power of the Copy: A Transcultural and Interdisciplinary Approach, Heidelberg: Heidelberg University Publishing, 2017 (Heidelberg Studies on Transculturality, Band 2), S. 205–239. https://doi.org/10.17885/heiup.195.c1637

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Eberhard Ortland

Copies of Famous Pictures in Tadao Andōʼs “Garden of Fine Art” in Kyōto

Abstract The “Garden of Fine Art” is a conspicuously modernist concrete garden in Kyōto. Within a spectacular architectural setting designed by Tadao Andō, the facility displays copies of eight well-known masterpieces of fine art in their original size or larger, printed with extremely durable colours on ceramic panels. Each of the images displayed in the garden raises questions, as do the selection, the staging, the size and material properties of the copies, the relationship between the copies and their respective models, the interplay of site-specific with more general features of the place, and the appropriation and recontextualisation of European and East Asian art history with the traditions of Japanese gardens. These traditions are reinterpreted within the framework of international modern architecture in a way that appears utterly transcultural and is, at the same time, uniquely Japanese, late twentieth century.

Keywords Ceramic copy, temporality, interpretation, ontology of art, sociology of art